First Day Skiing, Val Thorens

I slept terribly on our first night in France.

I couldn’t get to sleep for hours, I couldn’t switch off, then I’d wake every few hours.

Just hoping it would be morning already!

Morning, so we could get wrapped up, clip on our skis and get going…

…take our bellies filled with butterflies up on that first chair lift.

Get to the top and see the world stretch out before us.

Freshly groomed snow beneath our boots and the slopes almost to ourselves.

The jittery excitement of that first run!

When you can’t help but smile until your cheeks ache and your teeth hurt from the cold!


Shades of blue for as far as the eye can see.

We hired a guide for the first morning, someone to show us the ropes, the best slopes and the very best bars!

Toasty in hers ‘n’ hers ski suits.

White onesie // Black onesie (also here with same day delivery)

Star print poloneck

Mirror goggles

Val Thorens is not the cutest of ski resorts.

It’s not a quaint little spot where skiiers have lived for a hundred years, there’s no Louis Vuitton or Hermes. No row of sumptuous restaurants or glamour pusses rolling in G Wagons.

What it does have is height.

The highest ski resort in Europe, it’s really the only place with guaranteed snow at this time of year.

Which means it’s almost exclusively visited by people who love to ski or board. They’re not there to pose, to show off their diamonds in the mountain light, or to meet rich dates.

Which in turn means that the slopes are almost deserted before Christmas, particularly in the mornings.

Leaving just you.

You and that vast, mind blowing view.

Utter silence and a cool crisp breeze.

It’s quite an experience!

After a morning of hard & fast skiing, we gave our jelly legs a rest over lunch.

At Chalet de la Marine.

The prettiest restaurant in VT.

Taking a table on the terrace, overlooking the town.

Warming up with vin chaud; sweet, spiced and spiked.

Oversized aviators (with changeable lenses) // Nail polish 

Oysters on snow.

Baked Mont D’Or with baby potatoes and charcuterie.

Refuelled, warm and raring to go… we hopped on another lift.

Flying up and down slope after slope.

Racing, laughing, joking, singing and chattering away as we went.

If you’re wondering how we got such great skiing snaps this year, well I have a new toy.

A little Lumix, courtesy of Panasonic who sponsored me to try out this pocket rocket.

I’d been looking for a new compact camera for a while. I love my SLR but it’s not the easiest thing to transport never mind whip out in the middle of the action!

I was worried about taking a big camera on the slopes, I didn’t want to damage it and I didn’t want to damage myself if I fell on it.

I wanted something portable (I wear this one around my neck and slipped inside my ski suit) and something fast enough to capture those unmissable moments.

“Fast” doesn’t quite cut it with this bad boy! We shot the ski pics in “4k burst” which records super high quality video and then breaks it down frame by frame for you to choose your best snaps.

You can save them on the go, wifi them over to your phone and share before you even leave the slopes!

It’s cute, too.

Lumix GX80 – UK/US

I used it for landscapes, lift shots, selfies, decor, action, it really is a great all rounder.

After a few more runs we stopped off at la Marine for a chocolat chaud.

This would make a pretty cute DIY if you had time over Christmas.

Use an ice cube tray (silicone would be best) to make chocolate sticks, which you melt in hot milk for a fresh take on hot choc!

Top with lots of whipped cream.

And dive in!

Just the thing for a couple’a snow bunnies on their first day.

Buzzing with sugar, we climbed all the way to the top of The 3 Valleys.

Ready to race off once again.

Just the start of an amazing trip.

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  • I have never been skiing but this just looks soooo beautiful! I’m going to try to go next year 😉 do you have any tips for beginners?! Also I had imagined you carrying around your Canon 5D around the slopes ahahah how wrong I was! xx

  • Beautiful majestic mountains view. Absolutely so beautiful! 🙂
    Merry Christmas.

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  • Victoria

    I’ve never been skiing before but this looks unbelievably incredible! Wow!! <3

  • So badly wanna go skiing! French food is always the best and I love that camera 🙂

  • I absolutely love skiing, and Val Thorens seems the perfect place!

    — (soon to be

  • Annie

    This looks so beautiful and I love the little spot you went for lunch! I’ve never been skiing or snowboarding, we are going up to Vermont in the spring and I can’t wait! Hope you have an amazing time in Val Thorens.


  • Rach

    This looks like the perfect winter getaway!!

  • These photos are gorgeous and I’m looking for a smaller secondary camera so this could be perfect! I love really blurred backgrounds though and I couldn’t find a f1.8 lens for the Lumix. Are your photos in the restaurant on your Canon or does the Lumix have a depth of field feature? Sorry for the nerdy camera questions! Stephanie x

    • Paige

      I think the ones in the restaurant are on her Canon because the Lumix is in some of those photos. Rosie – it would be awesome if you could do a post featuring a comparison between your Canon and the Lumix, and what you’d use each camera for! I am looking into getting a nice camera for my travels but the Canon seems like it would be a pain to lug around – but that the photos would be worth it. Thanks! xx

      • Yeah definitely be interesting to hear! The Lumix looks awesome but people also love the Olympus Pen so I’m struggling with which is best to get as a ‘carry on’!

  • I’m so glad you featured what camera you used because I was wondering just that! And I’m seriously considering getting a more portable camera for trips.

  • So beautiful Rosie – as always! I saw that camera while I was Christmas shopping and it looks gooorgeous! Did you take any of the photos for this post with the Lumix (obvs not the photo of actual the camera! haha 🙂

  • Those mountains look gorgeous! What an incredible view. Also, I may have to check out that camera. I have a Canon 50D and it tends to be heavy to carry while traveling.

  • I love your photos they are always AMAZING! I just bought a Sony a6000 but would love to look into a Lumix one of these days 🙂

  • This looks sooo fun, I’m going to have to put learning to ski on my new years resolution list! The Lumix looks great, did you use it to take the food pics as well? xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Kari Guastella

    Wow! What incredible slopes!

  • You look like such pros on the slopes Rosie! The snow filled mountains look gorgeous against the blue sky & sunshine. Gorgeous photos!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Joules

    Gorgeous pictures! I love both of your ski jackets!

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  • Alexandra Williams

    Hi Rosie,

    So I just realized we have the same camera! What lens(es) are you using in this post? I love the shots!

    – Alexandra

  • LOVE skiing, deffoes need to plan a trip next year! Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Happily Hygge

    Love this Rosie!! Looks so beautiful. I adore skiing it soo hygge! xx